Course Planning

The B.S. degree in Earth Science Education is for students who want a career in a secondary school teaching about Earth’s place in the universe and about Earth’s geology, environments, oceans, and weather.

  • Earth Science Education majors take Geology and other Earth Science courses including astronomy, earth materials, and oceanography and meteorology. They also take courses from the education department to develop into professional teachers.
  • Earth Science Education majors are required to take get an education minor. To increase marketability, we recommend the Natural Science Education minor or another science education minor. 
  • Salaries for all secondary school educators vary greatly by state. Starting salaries typically are low, but benefits may be good.
  • Majors in Earth Science Education complete one semester of student teaching in a public school.
  • Students build a photo portfolio and a rock and mineral collection while they are on geology field trips. These materials are reviewed and graded during Science Teaching Methods (GEOL 405).